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The Sea Of Monsters (2006)

The Sea of Monsters (2006)
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4.09 of 5 Votes: 7
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0786856866 (ISBN13: 9780786856862)
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The Sea Of Monsters (2006)
The Sea Of Monsters (2006)

About book: This book was a bit of a letdown for me after The Lightning Thief. It was slow to start, especially considering this is the second book in a series and much of the foundation is already laid for us. There were monster battles early on, but it took a long time to focus in on the major issue in the story, and then another long spell before our heroes set out on their quest. I wouldn't have minded as much if there had been more to hold my attention in that first part of the book. There were neat ideas to be sure, but they weren't as robust as I think they could have been. A couple parts similarly dragged once they set out on their quest, but overall it did pick up, after all.For me, Riordan is at his best when he's incorporating Greek mythology on the modern world. A mythical sea full of monsters through which all heroes venture during their quests, where impossible things happen, and from which there's a good chance people won't return? Where else in our world but the Bermuda Triangle? The Grey Sisters's taxi service is brilliant. And I like when these motifs are illustrated down to the details, like the incongruous sight of modern party-animal-type centaurs teaching an adolescent cyclops how to use a giant paint gun. It's the outlandish made seemingly commonplace, and it's something I adore. However, I didn't feel there was quite as much of this in The Sea of Monsteres as in The Lightning Thief, sadly.I admire the way Percy grows during the book, especially in learning to accept and appreciate Tyson. Also, his dry humor and commentary continued to make me laugh in this second installment. I wish I had seen some of the other characters, like Annabeth and Clarisse, also grow during the course of the story. Mostly, they serve as foils and support for Percy's growth, and I think they deserve more. Yes, we get a glimpse of Annabeth's greatest desire, and she does get over her "all Cyclopes are bad" kick, but that transformation is stated rather than shown and developed; most attention spent on Annabeth is spent on her back story or her part in Percy's story. Annabeth is an intelligent and active female character, someone girls look to as a role model, and I wish the author had explored her more as a character.At least the end of the book was completely epic; a classic cliff-hanger that made me jump right next to the third book. Regardless, my opinion is that The Sea of Monsters is an enjoyable read, but it didn't really resonate for me, and I think it could have been more. Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review: “Does truth have a moral?” The Last Passage(view spoiler)[ The girl’s blue eyes stared into mine, and I understood what the Golden Fleece quest had been about. The poisoning of the tree. Everything. Kronos had done it to bring another chess piece into play—another chance to control the prophecy.Even Chiron, Annabeth, and Grover, who should’ve been celebrating this moment, were too shocked, thinking about what it might mean for the future. And I was holding someone who was destined to be my best friend, or possibly my worst enemy.“I am Thalia,” the girl said. “Daughter of Zeus.” (hide spoiler)]

GO RAINBOW! YES, JENN HE IS A STALKER, BUT WHO CARES????? NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. YES, JENN, YOU HAVE GUESSED IT CORRECTLY! I LIVE ON KRONOS! HE IS LIKE MY PILL, LIKE VIOLENT PILLS ARE FOR GUBBY, AND LIKE EWWW! AND SPOILER! LIKE JACOB IS FOR BELLA WHEN EDWARD IS GONE! HEE HEE. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. NOT. ENOUGH. KRONOS. KRONOS WILL REIGN! *Rains* NOT THAT KIND OF RAIN! *Rains harder* NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! *Lightning...* SHOOT. What a racist Zeus/ Poseiden.
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Laz
“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”Who doesn't love our dearest Olympian Gods? I love this book so much, it's like a mini Odyssey hence the title, 'The Sea of Monsters'. Who doesn't love a little boy who takes on quests and goes to save and explore the world of the unknown. Once more this left me at a loss for words. This worlds keeps getting better and better, messier and messier, and yes okay it's not the most accurate book about mythology and all, so, if you're a huge fan of the Greek mythology you should avoid this unless you're up for some fun and joy and lots and lots of adventure to blow your mind away.I love how it all mixes so well together. I love the Camp and I love our heroes, I love the mythical creatures that are so picturesque. What I love the most though is the fact it has so many human involvement without really losing its most important detail; That our heroes are half human too and they're flawed and not perfect, and they'll make mistakes. This is so important, because it doesn't loses its touch with humanity and it doesn't deify everyone.Thanks for reading my review!
Cara
A guy in Greek armor drew his sword and charged, but slipped in a puddle of pina colada. Really, who can not love a book with lines like that? I actually had the urge take this book in my hand with a strong grip and whirl it towards my head for waiting so long to read this series. I just kept putting it off for some reason or other. Luckily I came to my senses.For the most part things have been pretty quiet this school year and Percy even makes a new friend named Tyson, a giant of a kid. Well, this is the Percy Jackson series and things don't stay quiet for long. Monsters come in and attack the gym during a game of dodgeball and chaos ensues, and Percy learns that something terribly wrong has happened. The tree that signifies Thalia's sacrifice has been poisoned and Camp Half-Blood is no longer safe.Riordan has made quite a world here, but that's not the only thing you need to get a good story. Characters are SO important and he doesn't forget that. All of them are typically well drawn out. After finishing this one I feel like I know Percy and Annabeth a little better than I did before. We get to see some new characters, Tyson being my favorite and new powers and awesome mythological information. What really impresses me is that it can be funny, witty, informational, believable, smart, suspenseful at the same time without the reader losing the sense of adventure and how much heart all the characters have. What's so cool is that the action never seems to slow down, the action star in me is thoroughly satisfied. The ending is setup well for the next book, and just shows how tricky our villain is. I actually wish I could write a longer very concise and intelligent review about this book (maybe I couldn't accomplish that) but I don't want to give anything away, and really the book can stand on it's own without my help.Most people have read them all by now so this message is for you stragglers who waited so long like myself: GO AND READ IT! I doubt you'll regret it.Added later: Guess what? They decided to go ahead and make a movie based off the second book. The trailer looks promising guys!
Janeen-san
I have to say this is my favorite book in the entire series. Wonderfully written and filled with new characters, The Sea of Monsters is a real page turner! Within the first three paragraphs, Riordan intordunces a funny new character: a friendly 8-year-old Cyclops named Tyson; son of Posiden!The magical girl-who-became-a-pine-tree, Thailia, has been poisoned. The magical boundary that protects Camp Half-Blood is weakening, and deadly monsters attempt to wound the demigod boarder patrols as much as they can.There is only one thing that can cure Thailia's Tree:the wonderfull healing Golden Fleece.Percy and his friend Annabeth desparatly need to go on this quest: the Fleece is located in the Sea of Monsters, also known as the Bermuda Triangle; only a child of Posiden could possibly suceed. But instead, the Orcle chooses Clarssie, a child of Ares! Percy quickly reveals another reason to go on the quest for the Fleece: he has been having dreams about his friend Grover the satyr, who went to go look for the god Pan, but got captured by a satyr-loving Cyclops...on an island in the Sea of Monsters. The almost-blind Cyclops thinks Grover is a girl and is going to marry him!Now Percy, his half-brother Tyson, and Annabeth must sneak away from camp to rescue Grover from a dreadful marriage, and insure the Clarssie doesn't get eaten by man-eating sheep.I really liked this book because it was the most creative of all the series. Traveling to the Sea of Monsters, Percy and his friends face thousands of challanges of involving strength of mind and body. I thought this book was wonderful! Riordan has successfully woven a wonderful tale of danger, betrayal, humor and myth into a fantastic book.
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